According to a Zogby poll, 52% of Hispanics would rather the U.S. enforce immigration laws than allow illegals already here a path to citizenship. If this is the case, we should wonder why, over the last month, Hispanics have been demonstrating all over the country in opposition to Arizona’s new immigration law. We should wonder why threats and violence have been consistently directed against those who support the law but not against those who oppose it. Personally, I wonder how it could be that every Hispanic I know objects to the Arizona law if 52% of Hispanics supposedly support it.
My suspicion is that the above Zogby poll was taken at a time when most people assumed that no governmental body (state or federal) would take steps to actually enforce immigration laws. In other words, the respondents gave their answers from a context of the theoretical. As soon as the theoretical transformed itself into reality, many of them had a change of heart. Perhaps they felt that the answer they gave was the “correct” and “patriotic” one. Given the paranoia within the Hispanic population, it is also possible that many suspected the poll to be a ruse by the I.N.S.
Whichever explanation is the correct one, it should be abundantly clear, at this point, that a majority of Hispanics do not support enforcement of immigration law. If this is indeed the case, the government should not be hiring large numbers of Hispanics to patrol the border. The fact that ant-discrimination laws force a situation where large numbers of Hispanics are in charge of protecting our borders (as of 2008, 52% of border patrol agents were Hispanic) should cause intelligent Americans to question the wisdom of such laws. It is a case of leaving a fox in charge of the hen house.
There are many examples of Hispanic border agents turning out to be corrupt. Leave it to the press, however, to paint a picture that is contrary to reality. NBC, in order to illustrate the problem of corrupt border patrol agents, shows us one example: a middle-aged white man. The news anchor (who is one of the “good guys”) appears to be Hispanic. Their obvious intention is to suggest that the average corrupt border patrol agent is white while Hispanics are just as concerned about our borders as the rest of us.
I recently had a conversation with a Hispanic acquaintance. He mentioned that he flies the Mexican flag on Cinco-de-Mayo. I asked him, “if war broke out between the U.S. and Mexico, whose side would you fight on if you had to pick?” His answer, “I’d fight on the Mexican side since I was born there.” Then I asked him, “if you could make just as much money in Mexico as you do here, and if your life would have just as much quality there as it does here, would you move back to Mexico?” He could not give a clear answer, instead mumbling something about “moving closer to Mexico”. This person is a legal immigrant. Should we not be worried about importing vast numbers of people whose loyalties are clearly with a foreign country? When World War Two broke out, Americans set up internment camps for ethnic Japanese and Germans for fear they would undermine our national security. If war does ever break out between the U.S. and Mexico, we will be forced to fight it on many fronts. Every city and town in the U.S. will be a battle zone. How foolish of us!